Explore the CWGC Archive

The aim of the CWGC archive is to collect, manage and preserve materials which document the history of the organisation, the individuals we commemorate, the cemeteries and memorials we maintain, and to make such records accessible to the public.

Archive Visit - Covid-19

In the light of travel restrictions and other measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), our archive at head office is currently closed to members of the public for the foreseeable future. It will reopen when it is safe and appropriate to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Start your research through our dedicated online archive portal

The CWGC archive tracks the history of the Commission from its founding in 1917 to the present day.

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We welcome visitors to the archive, and encourage and support the use of our archive collection. The archive is based at the CWGC Head Office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and is open to researchers and the general public by appointment.

The archive is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm.

We do ask that you notify us in advance of your intention to visit the archive, which will ensure that we can book a suitable appointment for you and have all of the records you wish to consult available.

Please note that while we are able to answer some enquiries relating to the archives ourselves, we are unable to undertake extensive research on your behalf.

You can request an appointment by contacting us via: enquiries@cwgc.org.

Read our Efiles - digitised versions of the Enquires we received following the end of the First World War

They are a window into how people felt at the time and the efforts of the Commission to help them.